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Look Behind You

Look Behind You

Asaph spun his wheels in a ditch overflowing with discouragement, and the nauseating gasses of doubt filled his nostrils. Pain and anguish clouded his outlook, and his faith took a direct hit. In the swirl of my own adversity I smacked into his Psalm, #77. Can I learn anything from this man and the words […]

Escaping the Cave of Discouragement

Escaping the Cave of Discouragement

Life is not always shimmering rainbows and sparkling bubbles. Circumstances can squeeze us under extreme pressure until we are certain no hope remains. Take away hope and depression builds on the foundation of our discouragement. The resulting emotional structure blots out love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and even self-control. David happily minded […]

Escaping Rock Bottom

Escaping Rock Bottom

The downward spiral leads past discouragement, through despair, and deposits its victims at rock bottom. The sunlight of hope rarely touches there, and the sheer walls encompassing the spot make escape seem impossible. Here’s the story of one who found his way out. His journey back offers encouragement for the struggle. David had a stellar […]

Adverse Circumstances

Adverse Circumstances

That’s just a fancy way of saying, “Life sucks!” And it does, quite often. My strong and capable brother declined over nine years of suffering, and I joined him many times in discussing the aforementioned declaration. He had good days, but the overall direction of his health was negative. He died peacefully. Took his evening […]

Anxious Thoughts

Anxious Thoughts

My mother is a walking encyclopedia of home spun wisdom and pithy sayings. Thanks to her persistence many of those have taken residence in my mind. Some are useful, like her warning that a snapping turtle will latch onto your toe and not let go till it thunders. I still detour around those beasts. Mom […]